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A golden age contributor - this book is very worthwhile,
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This review is from: Who is Michael E. Briant?: A Memoir by the Doctor Who Director (Paperback)
Who is Michael E Briant? To me one of the best Doctor Who directors we had. Some people question how important a director is. Well you only have to look at a badly directed story (The Horns of Nimon) to realise that poor direction can ruin the product.
The fact that this book exists is almost an automatic ticket to five stars. The reason why The Robots of Death is one of the top ten stories is because of the top notch talents of a man who is able to project manage and execute his vision. The Sea Devils too has many noteworthy scenes realised by Briant.
I have read some chapters with great enjoyment not only because of the very honest stories given, but because it is more confirmation of facts from my favourite eras of Doctor Who Pertwee-Baker. I look forward to dipping into the rest, which from a non-reader of books is quite an accolade.
Michael E Briant helped make the golden era of television golden. There are far less capable directors out there that are bigger names.
A personal thank you Michael, for directing many of my favourite stories. As one can infer from what you write, it must have been an absolute nightmare, and you did it with professionalism and determination.
I sense this book could have been published before, but is so much better for having the lovely cover of all those Character Option figures from his stories.
The book itself is a small neat paperback. Ideal size for the modern collector who surely cannot have the space for these huge hardbacks that the more mainstream publishers yield.
A very welcome product indeed. There are just too many Doctor Who books now, that I have lost the will to read any, and this is the first factual one in many years that I have progressed beyond one chapter.